Born November 3, 1935 , in the city of Bocaiúva in Minas Gerais , Herbert Jose de Souza , popularly known as Valek was a man of great activity in social work in Brazil .
Degree in Sociology and Public Policy Administration from the University of Minas Gerais , raised the banner of social transformation , facing the direction of union and congregation.
Helped form the Popular Action ( AP ) , a movement which sought the establishment of socialism in Brazil .
After the military coup of 1964 , exerted great struggle against the dictatorship , working in organizations to combat deployed political regime , for which he was exiled , going live in several countries such as Chile , Canada and Mexico . Only in 1979 could return to Brazil .
One of his major projects was the creation of IBASE ( Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses ) , governmental character, which aims to analyze the social, economic and political realities of the country .
In 1993 he founded Citizen Action , a program of struggle for life and against poverty , fighting hunger and unemployment through the democratization of land .
Valek was a carrier of hemophilia, a disease transmitted genetically , which presents disability in blood clotting , may cause severe bleeding .Herbert Jose de Souza